Employees play a big part in the success of your company, so you want to ensure that you are getting the most out of them every single day. Knowing how to successfully do this takes plenty of practice and know-how, combined with the use of technology designed specifically for this. In this article, we will dive into how you can improve team productivity and start to boost morale, which, in turn, will keep your business at the top of its game.
Evaluate where you need improvements
With an AI-assisted tool such as the Inpulse Employee Engagement survey, you can evaluate the areas that aren’t working and need the most improvement, and then implement the right strategies so that you can take practical steps to boost productivity. By doing so, you can understand exactly how your employees think, but it gives them the chance to feel like they are being listened to and, as a result, feel more involved.
Ditch the long meetings
Meetings are crucial tools for any business. It is how you can effectively communicate when it concerns large team projects and collaborative work, but often these meetings are long and drawn-out and result in wasted time for you and your employees. This inadvertently affects productivity, as most meetings generally overrun. What was designed to be a half an hour catch-up likely turns into an hour-long meeting with little to no progress made on the matter of the subject. This is an hour that could have been spent getting real work done.
Stick to a strict time limit for each meeting (15 minutes is not too long, so you can get through everything you want to say, but short enough that you will keep people’s attention). Implement changes to stick to this time limit, such as how many people you invite to the meeting. Often, a lot of time is wasted waiting for people to join the meeting. You don’t need to invite the whole team. Instead, choose to bring in the team leaders for each department.
Focus on time management strategies
One common issue that affects productivity is poor time management skills. While your team might be skilled at what they do, without the relevant time management skills, you could discover that they are not working as well as they could. Observe the way they are working over a period of time and determine where they are going wrong.
For example, maybe they are spending too long going through emails, or they are delayed in getting all their tasks done due to focusing for too long on one particular job.
If its the former issue that you have noticed, suggest they limit how long they spend emptying their inbox. This could be just half an hour at the end of the day or in the morning. If they are spending too long on a project, then suggest switching up the order they complete tasks so that they can achieve more in the day.
Some great time management strategies to help include making a to-do list. Seeing a visual list can aid them in not feeling so stressed and can, in turn, help them achieve more throughout the day. However, it is important to note that this will not work for everyone.
A combination of online tools, changing the way you run meetings and observations of your employees time management skills, you will improve the overall team productivity within your business.